I just love that saying. I get a lot of questions from people from the north (aka: Yankees ya’ll) asking what that means. Bless their little hearts, they just were not raised in the south. Don’t worry, we are a very forgiving bunch, and we won’t hold it against ya’ll. 😉
Anyhooooooo, I just have to share a little something I am so proud of. I made a schedule. I know it doesn’t sound like much but it is huge. I am totally a list person. I make lists for everything! I have lists for groceries, for daily goals, for weekly goals, a honey-please-do list, for travel, for gifts I have purchased, for gift ideas, for schooling ideas, for craft ideas, for future goals, for decorating plans, and for practically everything I do. I carry around a spiral notebook with my lists in it. I am not a schedule person. I like being flexible, spontaneous and on-the-go when we feel like going.
Recently, with addition of Ms. Giggles (6 mo), ballet class, gymnastics class, 4 who are now being homeschooled, library day, homeschool group events and such, I found I just couldn’t get and keep everything straight. I was not using my time efficiently and my lists were no longer enough. So, yesterday, I did it. I sat down and made a schedule. I have to say that I am so proud. Here is an example of my schedule. This is Mondays for Ms. Serious (10)
Wake up- 10:00- get dressed, eat, brush, prepare for the day
10:00- 10:15- devotions, weekly verse
10:15-12:00- Wordly Wise, Social Studies (topic- presidents and states), Reading for Report
12:00- 1:00- Lunch, free time
1:00-2:00- Science Lesson, Reading for Report
2:00-2:30- Chores (home ec)
I told the kids that they have free time to play, be crafty or whatever in the morning but come 10 am it is time for school work. We start out with devotions and the weekly writing verse. In Social Studies, as each topic is completed we will move onto the next project (or topic) for that subject. The same goes for the Science lesson. We are studying the human body right now. Ms. Serious (10) also does a weekly report on a subject she chooses from a list of topics I made for her. We take one hour break for lunch for them to eat, stretch and get some playing time in. Then it is back to lessons for the afternoon. I also included chores in my schedule. We feel it is very important for them to learn how to be responsible, how to properly clean a home and when we all dedicate a small amount of time to chores then the house is cleaned quickly and they have plenty of time for painting, playing, riding bikes, reading and just having fun. What I don’t show is that the time after chores also includes plenty of time for the book list reading and projects they are working on for school. Each day is based on the same time table with different subjects being covered. Wednesdays are just a little different with gymastics class and library time. I like our new schedule and the kids have much easier time getting to and doing what they need to each day. If that day has been selected as a field trip day then the schedule is tossed out the window (just for that day). We can still be flexible and spontaneous but we also have structure to get things done.
Geez, if I had known how great I would feel I would have made up a schedule a long time ago! LOL
PS- I have schedules for M-F for each of the school age children. I would share those with you but it would take up too much space and be way too boring to read. I am surprised if you haven’t fallen asleep so far! God Bless!! 🙂